UNFPA is seeking candidates for our innovative Leadership Pool initiative. Candidates who apply for one or more job types in the Leadership Pool are competing to participate in a comprehensive assessment process, and if successful will become a member of UNFPA’s Leadership Pool – a pre-assessed group of candidates used as the source for filling future international rotation posts vacancies within UNFPA. Candidates should apply for all job types for which they are interested in being assessed.
After being assessed and found ready for one or more Leadership Pool job types,Pool members will benefit from individualized career advice and provision of tailored development opportunities to enhance their readiness to assume leadership posts. When rotational post vacancies arise in a particular job type, Pool members who were successfully assessed for that job type will be contacted and invited to indicate their interest in being selected for the vacancy. During the course of their service with UNFPA, international rotational staff are expected to serve in a variety of functions and locations including hardship and non-family duty stations.
Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative, the Deputy Representative plays the leading role in the formulation and delivery of the UNFPA country programme and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Country Office. Deputy Representative posts at this level are typically found in country offices categorized as having (1) a highly complex operating environment, (2) important programme/political partnership engagement and/or (3) regional representation. The Deputy Representative will also supervise Country Office staff as assigned by the Representative.
In close collaboration with the UNFPA Representative, the UNFPA Deputy Representative plays a leading role in strengthening the Country’s capacity to implement the ICPD Programme of Action within the context of its national development efforts for the achievement of the SDGs, thus ensuring national ownership. S/He is primarily responsible for the formulation and delivery of the UNFPA Country programme, projecting the programme of the organization, promoting at the national level the goals of the programme and ensuring the integration of issues of population, sexual and reproductive health, and gender in the broader development agenda. The Deputy Representative plays a leadership role also within the UNFPA country team, providing an example of creative programme development and sharing knowledge and insights with staff to facilitate broad country programme management. Key activities include:
National Capacity Development
Partnerships and Advocacy
Qualifications and Experience
Post-graduate university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.
Knowledge and Experience:
10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, including programme designing, appraising and management;
Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities/capacities;
Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results;
Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing in English to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships in the assigned country;
Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations; and,
Field experience is a strong asset.
Experience in a humanitarian or crisis context is an asset.
Fluency in English. Depending on the duty station, another UN language such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian may be required.